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For those who haven't already heard via twitter, the defence on Friday went well, and I passed with minor revisions. Aside from some technical problems with the video conference for my external committee member, it went smoothly.

Technically I don't think you get to call me Dr. until the final paperwork is in, including the final printed copies of my thesis, but I'm expecting to finish the revisions today and get the paperwork done tomorrow so it won't be long now.

I'm not a huge fan of having to use a title at all, but I've always hated Ms,/Miss, so I will indeed be using Dr. as my title when the situation warrants. Obviously I've earned it, but I'm also absurdly amused by the resulting near gender-neutrality of my name. I expect many hilarious incidents where I get to break people's assumptions. But probably the only time any of you would ever use it is if you were sending me a wedding invitation or wanted to mess with someone's head. Including mine... in my head, Dr. O is my father, and it may take a bit of adjustment to get myself to answer to it!

So... what's on my to do list?

- The movers came and took my stuff out of my sister's basement this morning. I don't even have an ETA for when I'll get an ETA, but presumably my stuff will show up eventually!

- Lunch with Ken shortly. Dinner with the McKay's.

- I wanted to donate blood, which might have to happen this afternoon if it happens at all. This might make re-adapting to altitude harder, but I might also still have juicy extra red blood cells from my month in abq, and I figure it's better to donate than have them just all reabsorb.

- I still have revisions and paperwork to do at the university, so I'll be there tomorrow.

- Dinner with my family and possibly band before I head to my grandmother's for dessert. I know, I'm not in the band anymore, but they've got this great lineup of movie music for an upcoming concert and it's fun to sit in!

- I decided to leave my guitar with my parents so that I won't have to deal with the logistics of flying with it *and* the camera equipment I left behind last time. I'll just have to focus on clarinet 'till I decide to buy a replacement guitar. I could use one more suited to my size, anyhow.

- I head back on Thursday and I'm pretty much all booked 'till then, so if I didn't get to see you this trip, I'm sorry! I'll be back in December for the holidays.

Date: October 18th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gailcarmichael
Pfft, whatever - I think it's legit to say Dr as soon you know you passed. The rest is just the formal stuff - passing is the part where you know you've earned it. ;)

Have a great time before you head back and hope to see you in December! Though that'll depend on when baby decides to show up - at least I can send pictures of baby with the awesome stuff you made. :)

Congratulations !

Date: October 19th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dnivie.livejournal.com
Congratulations on passing !

As an aside - Do you really need a title at all ? I can see the advantage of using Dr over Ms, but do you really require either ?

Over here (=Scandinavia) we generally use only the first-name in informal settings, and only the last-name in more formal settings, sometimes, like when presenting a speaker, you might use both names, as in "And now, Valerie Aurora will tell us a little about what she's been up to lately !"

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